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September 22, 2009
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The heated debate o whether or not someoneshould live on campus has been an issue thatstudents have been acing since UNC Charlottestarted to grow exponentially. The question o to live on campus or not is an easy one, live oncampus.Living on campus has its perks. Although itseems juvenile, you have perect security. Eachnight, a security guard looks over your buildinguntil the early hours o the morning. This guardmakes sure that you are sae in your building. Theguard also makes rounds along each hallway toensure a sae environment or all.Living on-campus allows you to live in a diversetype o housing. From living in the high-rises toliving in an apartment, to even a mansion sizehouse, UNC Charlotte’s diverse housing can suitany ones needs. As students progress into theireducation, many want to live in apartment stylehousings, which leads students o campus. Fewstudents realize that there are ample apartmentson campus ranging rom Laurel to Phase V andmore.The social aspect o college is also a majorcomponent o living on campus as well. Althougho-campus housing in apartment complexes oeryou the chance to socialize, living on campus givesyou a great chance o meeting people.By simply having a little ‘get together’ in yourroom, to talking to your neighbors in your on-campus housing and going to dinner, the socialcomponents o living on-campus are endless.Living on campus gives you the right toconsume alcohol. Contrary to popular belie, i youare o the legal age to consume alcohol, you candrink in your dorm room. You just have to makesure you can drink in your building.Buildings such as Lynch are ‘dry’because they are mostly lled byreshmen.The most thankul portiono living on-campus would bethe parking. Although stillscarce like a drop o waterin the middle o a drought,you can park your car and nothave to worry about movingit. I you live on-campus, youreally don’t have to drive to classbecause you can simply take atrolley or better yet, walk. Also, youdon’t have to move your car unlessyou have to go o-campus. Few people who live on-campus truly have to leave campus togo and get ood due to Outtakes and the numerouso dining places on-campus.Finally, the dining option on-campus is apositive as well. Although not open to the hoursmost college students want, the dining locationson-campus provide a vast variety o ood. Frompizza to burgers, UNC Charlotte’s ood locationsare a great option or those who live on-campus.
When you rst transer to UNC Charlottelike I did, you nd yoursel acing a tough choice:should I live on or o campus? You may want toventure out into an apartment to meet some newroommates, or live with some old riends inthat dorm room that opened up, or viceversa. Either way, there’s still a bigdecision to be made. The placeyou pick will be your home orat least a ew months.I you really think about itthough, you’ll realize it’s notsuch a tough choice. Living o-campus is better by leaps andbounds. First, it’s a gnarly wayto rid yoursel o any classroomatmosphere that might linger while in a dorm or suite. Whenyou return home rom school,it’s like a haven that’s ree romthe demanding learners’ environment.Cooking up some ood and watching “Chuck” or“Lost” can be a serene experience.And you may not realize it, but amenities areone o the top reasons to venture away rom mostschool housing too.As helpul as those mini ridges are, havinga ull-size rerigerator that is able to stock weekold pizza is priceless. From ridge to stomach, theater eects o that pizza can also be taken care o in your personal bathroom. There you can alsohandle any repercussions o “bad” drinking nights without much embarrassment usually.Simultaneously, having an o-campus houseplus those amenities can be essential or throwingparties. Partying is at the core o college; the twocoexist or each other. But events with a goodnumber o people can be hard to get going on-campus since there are some around that needtheir sound levels respected. Not to mentionthe alcohol-ree ‘dry dorms’ and wonderullyrespected UNC Charlotte Police Department.The odds are stacked against the lie o the party.But the biggest reason to make o-campusyour home is or the reedom. That completelyindependent eeling doesn’t become real untilyou’re in a place that’s away rom school andamily. A place where you can come and go as youplease. Some place to call “mine”, without R.A.’sand parents monitoring your every move. Notonly that, but condence and responsibility grow with this as well. Taking care o laundry, ood,and expenses can be incredibly valuable lessons.College has been ormatted or people to tryout dierent living situations. Living outside o campus is a way to learn about yoursel and thereal world. When you’re in the dorms or suitesit’s similar, but not really the same. Nothing cancompare to that eeling o sel-reliance and workethic. Make your way to an apartment or rent ahouse ater a year or two so everyone can say “Youhave taken your rst step into a larger world,” Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars
To live on or off, that is the question
Which is the better choice as a UNC Charlotte student, living on or o campus
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley,Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and so many othergreat names have been orsaken as their storieslive on through motion pictures. While someproessors recognize the importance o requiringtheir students to actually read some o the classics,others resort to modern day movies.Keira Knightley may have made a goodElizabeth Bennet, but the viewer does not getto know her as sagaciously as the reader. Thismisrepresentation is also ound in Alice in “Alice’sAdventures in Wonderland,” where the inquisitivelittle girl Lewis Carroll developed in the originalstory is deprived o wit in the 1951 Disney version.As more and more classic stories are translatedinto motion pictures, the satirical, symbolic,imagerial and ideological literary world the originalauthor was trying to convey is abandoned or anhour and a hal visual experience. People may knowthe rudimentary story, but they do not understandthe ull story how the author means to portray it.One may ask why it is necessary to know all thedepths o a story. Why should they waste their timereading and analyzing a book when they can getthe basics rom a movie? The answer is simple. Ariend may try to explain certain characteristics o you to a stranger: brown eyes, unny, smart, tall;but, until that stranger actually meets you, they will never truly know. Do you want someone toassume they know you based on someone else’sapprehensions? Most likely you do not.Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a righteningstory about a monster that kills innocent people.Movies may portray dierent angles with dierentsympathetic approaches; however, the viewer’sunderstanding o the story is subjected to how theproducer interpreted the novel.What the movie watcher may not know is that18-year-old Mary Shelley spent countless hourstrying to put together a story that refected heropinion o women’s rights in the Romantic era.The story o Frankenstein’s monster has multiplelevels o meaning, but the eminist approach is oneo the most well-known and respected analyses.As the daughter o eminist philosopher MaryWollstonecrat, Mary Shelley assumed many o the same views as her mother. In 1818, the year therst edition o “Frankenstein” was published inLondon, women had little to no social or politicalrights.It was not until the 1831 edition that Mary wascredited as being the author. Just like CharlotteBronte with many o her novels, Mary did not wantthe act that she was a woman to infuence whoread her works.The story is about a monster created by a man, without the aid o a woman. Though big andpowerul, it was ugly and dangerous.Mary wanted to show the reader throughdramatic imagery and symbolism that, though women are repressed and looked down upon, theyare a vital part o society. Movies inspire emotionbut do not require imagination. Albeit the visualeect is powerul, it does not require the spectatorto delve in deeper and to seek a more psychologicalunderstanding.A good lm maker respects the originalsociological imagery the author was identiying andthey use their interpretation while producing. Thisis reputable because it gives the viewer a dierentangle to approach the classic. It is when peoplechoose to watch the movie, as opposed to readingthe book, that movies become obstacles in the wayo the true understanding.Take the 1998, Mitch Glazer version o “GreatExpectations.” The screen play was well written with multiple layers i symbolism and meaning. Ithad the same basic story line as Charles Dickensoriginal but, with a modern spin. It is evident thatGlazer knew the book well; however, he made somepretty signicant modications to the charactersand plot. Glazer ocused more on the relationshipsbetween the characters, and less on the relationshipbetween the characters and society. Dickens’ noveladdressed sociological issues and used motis andsymbolism to drive home his points.Set in the Victorian era and post-industrialrevolution, Dickens ignored hereditary aristocracyand ocused on personal gain through hard workand ambition.His novel dove deep in to the issues o genderand class and used psychological landscapes tomirror his characters. Glazer recognized thathe was altering Dickens’ literary work to t hisinterpretation. I think this is why he changed theprotagonist’s name rom Pip to Finn.This is a visual generation where people learnby seeing and experiencing. Movies have becomemore graphic and the line between necessary andextravagant has been blurred. Video games havetaken the place o human interaction and movieshave distracted the reader.What i people’s knowledge o Jesus was basedon “The Passion o Christ”, or our grandchildrenknew about the event Dec. 7, 1941 because BenAfeck played a convincing role in “Pearl Harbor”?Originality and creativity are lost in translation.Respect other people’s interpretations but, rstdevelop your own.
What actually gets lost in translation
The Happiest Place on Earth, or Walt DisneyWorld, or you unenlightened Disney ans, isundergoing a acelit.On Sept. 12, the Walt Disney Co. and itsImagineers announced the Fantasyland (in Disney’sMagic Kingdom) expansion and the reurbishingo several classic attractions.Among the attractions that are getting a acelitin the Magic Kingdom are the Hall o Presidents,Haunted Mansion, and Pirates o the Caribbean.The Hall o Presidents opened its doorsin Liberty Square in 1971. The animatronicpresentation o the United States ormer presidents was closed or eight months and reopened in July with a new addition, President Barack Obama.The opening lm was reworked with morespotlight time or Abraham Lincoln and GeorgeWashington.Haunted Mansion had some minor remodelingdone, including a new Escher-esque stairwell scene,attic updates, and several technical advances.Ricky Brigante, creative director o
Orlando Attractions Magazine
, told the
,“I think just about every Haunted Mansion anout there was concerned when they announcedthey would be [doing] some pretty decent-sizedchanges. I was there rst thing in the morning when it reopened, and I was pleasantly surprisedthat it denitely retained the same classic eelingthat it has had or decades, but at the same time,updating it or today’s technology and today’saudience that expects a bit more.”Ater huge success rom the Disney “Pirateso the Caribbean” lms, based loosely o o theMagic Kingdom ride, the Walt Disney Co. decidedto add animatronic characters representing JohnnyDepp’s character o Jack Sparrow.Currently, the Magic Kingdom roller coaster,Space Mountain, is also undergoing some ‘secret’changes. The only thing Disney is disclosing isthere is a new track, but rest assured, the design will remain the same. Since the renovations beganin Tomorrowland in April, the cosmic roller coasteris set to reopen in Nov.Along with the renovations, Disneyexecutives are set to begin the largestexpansion the theme park has seen. Thenew plan is set to double Fantasyland,home to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, It’sa Small World, and Cinderella’s GoldenCarrousel.Disney executives plan to add a newride based on “The Little Mermaid.”Which, as an avid Disney traveler, makesme very happy because “The LittleMermaid” is my all-time avorite movie.The iconic Spaceship Earth in Epoct was recently renovated as it eatures newscenes and animatronics, and an onboardtouch-screen activity in the second hal o the ride.Eric Jacobson, senior vice president orWalt Disney Imagineering told
, “in this day and age o Wii andNintendo, interaction has become muchmore expected rom our own populationin general. So giving kids and adultssomething to do on the attraction where they getto create their own ending has been extremelypopular.”I have been to Disney World 14 times, and willmake it 15 over Christmas Break, and every timeI have been the Disney Co. and the Imagineersadd something to the theme park that keepsme coming back or more.Despite the controversy over updatingsome o the classic attractions, I think it helpsattract more people to central Florida. Withthe technological advances, Disney is orcedto keep up, because no one wants to visit a themepark with outdated technology. The changes toDisney World are or the better, whether you wantto believe it or not.
Walt Disney World gets acelit, expands
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